A lot of people call Grizzly River Run the raft ride at Disneyland, but actually, it's in Disney California Adventure park.
The ride is supposed to be like going white water rafting — or at least it's inspired by that experience. It's a long, tall, fast, spinning water attraction designed to give you a fun (but wet) ride.
Try as hard as you like, but you're unlikely to get out of this one without some part of your body feeling damp, if not downright soaked.
What You Need to Know About Grizzly River Run
- Location: Grizzly Peak
- Rating: ★★★★
- Restrictions: 42 in (107 cm)
- Ride Time: 5 minutes
- Recommended for: Teens and adults who don't mind getting wet
- Fun Factor: Medium
- Wait Factor: High. Find out how to use Fastpass to shorten your time in line, or try getting in line during the parades or evening shows. The ride has a Single Rider option that may help you get on faster. Cast Members use single riders to fill in otherwise empty seats. If you're willing to split up from the rest of your group while riding, it can shorten your wait time significantly.
- Fear Factor: Low
- Herky-Jerky Factor: This ride is not for anyone with neck or back trouble, heart problems, or for expectant mothers. Or so Disney says. You should decide for yourself, but compared to other rides at Disneyland Resort, it's not overly fast, or jerky.
- Nausea Factor: Low
- Seating: Ride vehicles look like large, inflatable rafts. Riders sit around the edges, facing the center. You have to step over the edge and down to get in. Don't even try to pick the seat that will stay the driest. The ride's slow spinning motion ensures that water comes in every side somewhere along the way.
- Accessibility: You will have to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV by yourself or with help from your traveling companions. There are some steps to go up and down as you get on and off. Enter with everyone else and then go through the designated gate near the loading zone. If you're using a Fastpass, ask a cast member at the loading area for help. Service animals are not allowed. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
How to Have More Fun on Grizzly River Run
- You're going to get wet on this ride. It's almost impossible not to. Be sure anything that water would damage is put away securely. Bring plastic bags and maybe some dry socks. The lockers near the ride entrance are a perfect place to stow your stuff, and they're free for the first two hours.
- If you want to know just how wet you'll get, you can watch the ride vehicles come down the hill from the sidewalk near the ride's entrance. Or stand at the exit and see how many people are getting off with soggy bottoms and dripping denims.
- Some people also suggest riding it when you first arrive to avoid waiting. Others say to ride during mid-day when it's warmer, so you don't have to walk around feeling both cold and damp. Try to dry off for a while after that before going inside an air-conditioned restaurant or show.
- Some people attempt to stay dry by creating a makeshift poncho out of a large plastic garbage bag, cutting holes for their arms and legs. You could even complete the ensemble with plastic bags over your shoes and another on your head, but people might look at you funny for wearing all that. An easier solution might be to bring a regular rain poncho or buy one at the Rushin' River Outfitters shop near the ride. Even so, some part of you is probably going to end up wet.
- Put away your glasses and hat before you ride, or you may lose them. If you don't have a change of socks with you, think about taking them off until you get done to keep them dry.
More California Adventure Rides
You can see all the California Adventure rides at a glance on the California Adventure Ride Sheet. If you want to browse through them starting with the best-rated, start with Radiator Springs Racers and follow the navigation.
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Fun Facts About Grizzly River Run
One of the ride's drops is 21 feet tall. Its designers say they designed to go higher at the beginning so they could have more fun with you on the way down. That's not as high as the drop at Splash Mountain at Disneyland, but it's enough to get you moving fast.
The grizzly bear on the mountain is the California state animal. The odd thing is that the California grizzly has been extinct since the 1920s.
The ride's backstory is based on many Native American legends. As the folklore goes, Grizzly Peak was a giant bear named Oo-soo'-ma-te, who was turned into stone to watch over and protect the mountain, by the coyote A-ha-le.